Contractors: How to Help in Recruiting
As a contractor in the construction industry you understand how important it is to have a workforce available to meet your needs. You also understand that you want more than a warm body, you want someone who WANTS to work in construction.
Contractors are also subject to hiring goals and standards and that includes "Good Faith Efforts."
The trick is how to perform "Good Faith Efforts" and find employees you want to hire at the same time. The "Trick" isn't a trick, it's all about getting involved. When you do get involved, you are performing Good Faith Effort, and in many cases you are meeting possible future employees who are serious about a career in construction.
Ways to get involved
We strongly suggest you attend a "Construct Tomorrow" event that the construction trades apprenticeship coordinators hold frequently. Construct Tomorrow was developed to bring the construction trades to the schools since "Shop" classes have all but disappeared.
What we've found is that students have a huge interest in construction jobs so the apprenticeship coordinators are bringing the Shop class to them. This has been such a success that schools are inviting them into their schools to show students alternative careers.
Suggestion: If you're a contractor who went through the trades, let a coordinator know that you'd like to help with demonstrations or talk to students. If that's not possible, send a tradesperson to help at the show.
Until Construct Tomorrow came along we had Career Days. The good thing is, schools still have career days and they look for speakers who can tell students what the duties of the job are, what is expected out of them, and let them know what type of pay they will make. You tell them the good, the bad, and the ugly, but always tell them the truth! This is like having front row seats at the NFL Scouting Combine and getting to see what the rookie class has to offer.
Suggestion: Look at this website's calendar to see upcoming events and if you'd like to speak at one, contact your trades JATC Coordinator about speaking to the students.
Option B: Bring along one of your apprentices who enjoy talking about the trade and present together, or offer the use of your apprentice to the coordinator to promote the trade.
Sponsor a Scholarship
Did you know anyone can award a scholarship? Maybe you'd like to award "Joe's Plumbing and Heating Scholarship." You just need the money to give away, set up the criteria to win, and give it away to a deserving student.
Suggestion: Set up guidelines that spell out whether this is a one-time scholarship, the scholarship amount, and of course what is the purpose of the scholarship and selection criteria (i.e. best welder, perfect attendance, demonstration of need).